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Pfizer animal health unit IPO soars

Published:Monday | February 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Drugmaker Pfizer's initial public stock offering of its animal health business, Zoetis, raised $2.2 billion, the largest IPO by a U.S. company since Facebook Inc. raised $16 billion last May. Shares jumped 19 per cent from their initial $26 price, closing at $31.01.

For now, Pfizer Inc. retains ownership of at least 80 per cent in Zoetis Inc., which has annual sales of $4.2 billion.

Zoetis CEO Juan Ramon Alaix plans to keep developing new medicines and vaccines for pets and livestock, creating new versions and combinations of existing products, and expanding in emerging markets.